Steps you can take to be prepared
Are you planning to take a trip during bad weather? According to statistics, every twelve minutes someone in the United States dies because they have been involved in a car accident. Sadly, more than forty thousand people will die due to being in a car accident. There are also three million injuries every year due to car accidents. In total, there are between six and seven million car accidents every year. There are ways to prevent accidents during bad weather. Here are some tips to be prepared and avoid being involved in a car accident during bad weather.
Make sure that you a snow shovel in your car. Many people get into accidents because of the snow. Having a snow shovel can be beneficial if you go off the road and are stuck in a snow banking. You should also have a warm blanket, change of clothes, mittens, hat, coat, water, canned goods, can opened, flash light. First aid kit, flares, and spare batteries.
Have your cellular phone charged at all times. It can be hard to find a phone now that most pay phones have been removed. It is important to be able to call for help if you are lost, stranded, you have been in an accident, or your car has broken down.
If driving in heavy rain it is important to make sure that you replace your windshield wipers every year and have enough windshield wiper fluid in your car. Make sure that you do not drive over thirty five miles per hour in heavy rain to avoid hydroplaning. If visibility becomes too diminished then you should pull over preferably in a parking lot and wait for the rain to let up a bit.
If you are involved in an accident then you should make sure to exchange name, driver’s license number, address, and insurance information with the other parties involved in the accident. In Maryland, it is a crime to leave the scene of an accident. It is the law to call the police so that photo graphs and a police report can be done by the police. This is necessary for any lawsuits and insurance claims to be filed.
If you have been in an accident and the accident was not your fault then you should consider contacting our law firm and getting a free case evaluation. You may be able to sue the person at fault and get compensated for any injuries that were suffered due to their actions.
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- Maryland Auto Accidents – Frequently Asked Questions
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